SleepScore buys Sleep.ai to acquire snoring technology
April 17, 2018
California-based sleep tracking company SleepScore Labs has acquired Dutch digital health company Sleep.ai to help consumers know if they snore or grind their teeth during sleep.
SleepScore is the company behind the non-contact sleep improvement system for consumers, SleepScore Max.
Founded in 2014, Sleep.ai created an app and wearable for detecting if a user is snoring or grinding their teeth, known as bruxism, and helps dentists monitor patients after they’ve begun dental treatment for either condition.
Roughly eight per cent of adults have bruxism, according to a 2005 study, and more than 30 per cent snore, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The Sleep.ai app has been downloaded more than 250,000 times from the App Store and Google Play store, and Sleep.ai apps will still be available on its own web site as well as SleepScore Labs’.
Sleep.ai founder and CEO Michiel Allessie, a Dutch board-certified sleep dentist, will join the SleepScore Labs team in Carlsbad, California, as vice president of snoring and bruxism to continue advancing the latest technologies in detecting sleep issues.
“We are only at the beginning of what we can do to help improve people’s lives by diagnosing and improving their sleep health, helping them get better treatment and outcomes,” said Allessie. “With the knowledge and the drive of the team at SleepScore Labs, along with the available technology, I believe we can really change the landscape of sleep in the coming years and help people significantly improve their sleep health.”
Colin Lawlor, CEO of SleepScore Labs, added: “Michiel and his team have made incredible strides improving sleep health for many customers who didn’t even know they were suffering from snoring or bruxism. We’re excited to welcome both to the SleepScore Labs family and to expand our suite of life-changing sleep products.”
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Sleep.ai specialises in analysis during sleep using the sleeper’s mobile device. The apps use special algorithms to filter and detect snoring. In addition, Sleep.ai offers a CE-certified app for detecting teeth grinding during sleep. The app gives the option to track progress over time and, if needed, can recommend a local medical professional if the condition is of concern. The company is based in Njimegen, Gelderland, in the Netherlands.
SleepScore Labs was created in 2016 as a joint venture between ResMed, Mehmet Oz and Pegasus Capital Advisors to measure sleep accurately while connecting consumers to technology that helps people sleep, feel and live better.